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Devonport Trial Wheel - NE

Devonport, Tasmania, Australia December 16, 2003


Menzies makes amends

By Rod Morris in Devonport

Launceston cyclist Karl Menzies went one better than the previous week when he won Devonport Trial Wheel on Tuesday night.

In a thrilling race at the Devonport Oval, Menzies made amends for his second place in the Patrick Latrobe Trial Wheel, beating home Ulverstone teenager Ben Price, while former Austral Wheel winner Matthew Atkins claimed third, just ahead of Launceston fireman Craig Burrows, who although in the veteran class, is racing in top form.

Menzies, more noted as a road rider, is still fresh from last month's Jayco Tour of Queensland, but showed his class on the track, with a stylish win, atoning for his second placing behind Daniel Cutting at Latrobe 7 days earlier. For Price it was the second week in a row he had finished one place behind Menzies.

Launceston rider Brendan Geale was in good form in the 2000 m handicap, winning from Menzies, scratchman Nathan Clarke and Burrows.

Clarke won the 6 km warm-up scratch but was later upstaged by Matthew Atkins in the closing A Grade Scratch. Atkins broke clear of the peloton with about 3 laps remaining and was never headed.

American riders Andy Sparks and Sarah Hammer made guest appearances at the Devonport Trial Wheel programme, which was conducted by the Mersey Valley - Devonport Cycling Club, but found the Australian system of handicap racing slightly foreign.

In junior racing, winners of the age group Devonport Trial Wheels were Jarrod Harman (Under 17), Alex Holden (U15) and Madison Catlin (U13).

The Tasmanian cycling calendar switches to the State's rugged West Coast this Saturday with the staging of the 47th annual Rosebery Carnival.


Open Warm-up Scratch
1 Nathan Clarke
2 Karl Menzies
3 Brendan Geale
4 Daniel Cutting
2000 m Handicap
1 Brendan Geale (80)
2 Karl Menzies (70)
3 Nathan Clarke (scr)
4 Craig Burrows (200)
Devonport Trial Wheel
1 Karl Menzies (110)
2 Ben Price (210)
3 Matthew Atkins (120)
4 Craig Burrows (300)
A Grade Scratch
1 Matthew Atkins
2 Nathan Clarke
3 Gareth Atkins
4 Daniel Cutting
B Grade Scratch
1 Ben Price
2 Kaidan Homan
3 Craig Burrows
4 Michael Wood
Junior 1 & 2 Combined 1000 m Lightning Handicap
1 Alex Holden (25)
2 Natasha Mapley (100)
3 Carrie Price (95)
4 Matt McDonagh (25)
Junior 3 1000 m Lightning Handicap
1 Sam Brett (155)
2 Madison Catlin (170)
3 Callum Walker (230)
4 Karissa Ling (120)
Junior 1 Devonport Trial Wheel
1 Jarrod Harman (10)
2 Natasha Mapley (200)
3 Aaron Jones (80)
4 Ben Fielding (30)
Junior 2 Devonport Trial Wheel
1 Alex Holden (90)
2 Carrie Price (150)
3 Andrew Dolan (220)
4 Matt McDonagh (110)
Junior 3 Devonport Trial Wheel
1 Madison Catlin (170)
2 Sam Brett (155)
3 Ben Lawrence (100)
4 Callum Walker (245)
Junior 1 Scratch
1 Jarrod Harman
2 Ben Fielding
3 John Rayner
4 Matthew Bonham
Junior 2 Scratch
1 Alex Holden
2 Carrie Price
3 Matt McDonagh
4 Andrew Dolan
Junior 3 A Grade Scratch
1 Brandon Stewart
2 Jason Bounday
3 Jack Stokes
4 Alex Benson
Junior 3 B Grade Scratch
1 Karissa Ling
2 Josh Wilson
3 Sam Brett
4 Madison Catlin